Biology, B.S.

Explore your many options as an undergraduate biology major

Contemplating a career in the health professions or biomedical sciences? USJ’s outstanding Biology curriculum offers courses in the fields of ecology, biotechnology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, zoology, plant biology, and more.

As a Biology major, you have numerous opportunities to engage in firsthand research and work alongside professional scientists.

If you qualify, you can move through our Accelerated Master of Biology program, participate in our pre-pharmacy plan of study, or move right into a physical therapy doctoral program through a dual degree program with University of Hartford.

For those highly motivated and prepared students, Biology offers a 3.5 year plan of study that allows you to graduate early. This can help with your costs, the ability to move into your next program, or into the workforce earlier. Connect with your academic advisor to learn more.

USJ hosts the chapter Rho Zeta of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. This chapter supports the improvement of biological knowledge through research and provides students with leadership opportunities.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum


Our diverse faculty includes an ornithologist, an aquatic ecologist, a cardiologist, a neuroscientist, a pharmacologist, a microbiologist and a geneticist. Many have ongoing research programs and have published their research findings in national and international journals.

Internships & Research

Recent internships included positions at the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory, Pfizer Laboratories, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Medical School, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and Brookhaven National Laboratories.

Understanding research, writing proposals and reports, and presenting research information to others are all components that are threaded throughout our curriculum. Qualified students may work with our faculty in laboratory or field research projects. Among the University’s ten laboratories are the refurbished Biology labs, designed to enhance the research and learning opportunities for both the University and professional communities.

What kind of faculty/student research projects can you do in the fields of science while at USJ, even beginning your first year? Watch Assistant Professor of Biology Carol Millard, ’91 and Leandra Gillett ’22 share their research, here.

From Classroom to Career

Career opportunities for Biology majors include:


  • Biochemist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Industrial Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Toxicologist

Communications/Human Services:

  • Biological Photographer
  • Science Columnist/Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Trade Magazine Editor


  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Impact Specialist
  • Game Warden
  • Horticulturist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Plant Pathologist


  • Consumer Product Researcher
  • Drug Inspector
  • Forester
  • Museum Worker
  • Population Planner
  • Public Health Officer

Health Care:

  • Bacteriologist
  • Biological Researcher
  • Biostatistician
  • Cytologist
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Librarian
  • Mycologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Public Health Director
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoological Researcher

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